AttractionsThe new Museum Saka at Ayana Estate is is themed around Nyepi, the Balinese New Year and Day of Silence.

This silent museum in Bali will leave you speechless

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Museum Saka is a showcase and celebration of Bali’s rich art, religion and culture.
Museum Saka is a showcase and celebration of Bali’s rich art, religion and culture.

Themed around “Nyepi”, a unique Balinese concept of the “day of silence”, Ayana Estate’s Museum Saka, which showcases and celebrates art expressions that reflect the island’s culture, mystic, and religion, will open its doors on the island come March 2023.

“This has been an inspiration for the museum to be a meditative space with its star-spangled ceiling and calling ambience,” said Ayana Estate, noting that the name Saka has two meanings in Balinese.

One is “pillar”, denoting a strong foundation to support art and cultural expressions, and the other is calendar, signalling the museum’s role in connecting Bali’s past and present to give visitors an experience that transcends time and space.

For the opening, the museum would showcase a sizeable collection of large effigies of Balinese mythical beings, ‘Ogoh-ogoh’, a contemporary community-based art that is often only seen once a year as part of Balinese Day of Silence processions.

The 5,000sqm museum, located in Ayana Estate in Jimbaran, houses eight galleries, an archive and library area, a screening room, a café, and a merchandise store.

The museum’s key collection highlights 10 “Ogoh-ogoh” from prominent local artists, including the works of Kedux and Gusman Surya.

“Presenting ogoh-ogoh in its contemporary expression but as a messenger that is deeply rooted in Balinese culture, will allow visitors to be immersed in the feeling and vibrancy of the Nyepi processions. Ogoh-ogoh are created communally by the island’s youth. The creation activities showcase Balinese spirit to preserve arts and culture,” said Marlowe Bandem, a renowned Balinese culture archivist.

Museum Saka is set to form an intrinsic part of the integrated luxury Ayana Estate, which supports its identity as a microcosm that provides insights into the mysticism of Bali as well as a “must-visit destination of its own”.

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